The Central African Republic national army and its Rwandan and Russian allies are taking back most of the localities that have been held by various rebel groups over the years.
The latest town to be recaptured is Markounda, located 100 kilometres north of Bossangoa, after displacing the rebels who had occupied it for some months.
According to local authorities in the town, the national army, FACA and its allies recaptured the town on Sunday, April 18, after an offensive lasting over half an hour.
“The rebels of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) were forced to flee from their positions and most of them are hiding among the populations in neighbouring villages while some have found refuge in the bushes,” a local source told HumAngle on Monday.
“Normal activities have not yet resumed in the town as most of the population remains in hiding in the bushes.”
“Shops and most business places remain locked. The people are giving themselves time to observe the situation first before coming back if things do not deteriorate again.”
HumAngle learnt that the people of the town had been traumatised since the arrival of the CPC rebels in Markounda in February.
The rebels were said to be looting properties and extorting money from the people who have since been calling on the national army to come to their rescue.
The CAR government was controlling less than 70 per cent of the country before seeking assistance from the Rwandan and Russian governments.